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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Savoie

Avoriaz - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Savoie

Situated on a plateau "south" overlooking the Morzine valley, Avoriaz 1800 is the heart of the largest ski area International Europe: Les Portes du Soleil. A common plan for 12 Portes du Soleil, giving access to 650 km of slopes, allows skiers to cross the border freely and to grant a gourmet break in Switzerland.

At first glance, Avoriaz captivates by its magic. Clinging to the mountain, it twinkles with thousands of lights of the sun plays with red cedar shingles covering the facades. Wood elegantly dressed each residence, each cottage.

Pedestrianized, sleds slide in the heart of the station and cross skiers, walkers and children sledding in a merry jingle bells. Nestled in lush snow Avoriaz has built its reputation on its bold contemporary architecture and has obtained the label "Heritage of the 20th Century" award by the French Ministry of Culture.

Avoriaz the delight of children and adults through activities adapted to each: the smaller learning to ski at Children's Village Annie Famose while the greatest discover the Stash, the first ecological snowpark in Europe.

White winter it turns into green summer resort and offers a multitude of sports and leisure activities.

A page of history ... Initiated in the early 60s by Jean Vuarnet, embodied by Gerard Bremond (current CEO of Pierre & Vacances) and carried out by a handful of architects futuristic talents and were advised that Jacques Labro, Jean-Marc Roques, Jean-Jacques Orzoni, Avoriaz has, during his youth more than thirty years to adapt to the aspirations of all.

The boom years ... The layout of the station agreement (signed December 28, 1962) allows the developer to develop the plateau "of Avorea" its ski fields and also to use the lifts. The current access road was a winding path and earth cable construction. After much effort and perseverance, Dromonts hotel opens its doors December 22, 1966. It is the heart of the resort and this innovative architecture sets the tone for future construction. Volumes are created based on the surrounding nature, integrated landscape materials. The architecture leaves red cedar dressing structures without any form of varnish. Then time shapes, patina, makes the site unique.

21 International Fantastic Film Festival from 1973 to 1993 ... Second Film Festival by its reputation, just after Cannes. From 1973 to 1993, the biggest names in fantasy film or not, but also personalities from all walks of life, arts, literature, sports, TV and media have had the privilege to be part of the festival, invited Brand or jury. The Fantastic Film Festival of Avoriaz also will be remembered for having made the discovery and promotion of film authors today dedicated: Steven Spielberg, who won the first Grand Prix in 1973 with "Duel" David Cronenberg from David Lynch ("The Elephant Man" Grand Prix 1980), Brian de Palma ("Carrie"), George Miller ("Mad Max") or Luc Besson in 1983 presented his first feature film in black and white "The last fight. "

Finally in 2011 and 2012, takes a Avoriaz ever known dimension with many facilities such as new homes, a new arena, a new spa, a new cable and a single site concept aqualudique mountain Aquariaz.

The future ... Original planning choices - car-free, integrated site, non-polluting electric heating, skis - are exemplified and admired other stations. With this early youth, the station is about to enter the peak of his era and focuses on supporting its identity that it has most precious environment. Avoriaz has remain true and original. The ideas that gave rise to evolve in the same thread. Built of wood and stone, the resort blends perfectly into the surrounding elements that are cliffs, meadows and forests.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.1896830 (N 46° 11’ 23”)
Longitude6.7763430 (E 6° 46’ 35”)
PrefectureAnnecy (101 km, 1h31)

Nearest cities & towns

Morzine13.9 km (25 min)
Montriond15.5 km (26 min)
Essert-Romand19.2 km (32 min)
Saint-Jean-d'Aulps20 km (31 min)
La Côte-d'Arbroz21 km (35 min)
Les Gets22 km (35 min)
Le Biot25 km (38 min)
Seytroux25 km (40 min)

Things to see and do

Events and festivities


Avoriaz Station
Avoriaz Station
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Station Avoriaz
Station Avoriaz
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Canyon Trail
Canyon Trail
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Maiden paraglider flight by Mont Blanc
Sports sensations110 € Les Gets (9.3 km)
Canyoning all year with a guide
Sports sensations45 € Morillon (13.7 km)
Mountain biking for beginners or improvers
Sports sensations15 € to 35 € Bogève (26 km)
Unusual walk or snowshoe hike
Nature and the great outdoors17 € to 25 € Saxel (30 km)
Skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing lessons
Sports sensations33 € to 59 € Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (30 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Joux-Plane Climb
Cycling itineraryEasy3h55Morzine (5.3 km)
Circuit de l'Encrenaz
Cycling itineraryEasy2h20Montriond (6.4 km)
Défago arcade
HikeEasy2h25Montriond (7.4 km)
Le Grand Tour du Mont-Chéry and alternative route
HikeEasy4h15Les Gets (9.5 km)
Roc d'Enfer explorer trail
HikeAthletic5h35Saint-Jean-d'Aulps (10.9 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals